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Funding awards support critical needs in northeastern Minnesota

State of Minnesota awards $205,000 in two grants to help increase the availability of high-quality child care


sheltering arms foundation logo The Northland Foundation has been awarded $120,000 ($60,000 for each of two years) from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). This grant was part of a state appropriation to the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations to address the child care crisis in Greater Minnesota. The Northland Foundation will use its $120,000 in funding for:

“We are pleased to partner with the State of Minnesota to provide an equity investment to create new child care openings, which are so urgently needed in our region to help families and our economy.”
—Tony Sertich, Northland Foundation President

Northland also received an $85,000 Child Care Economic Development Grant from DEED, among 11 grants made statewide to increase access to high-quality child care for families in Greater Minnesota. Northland will add $5,000 of its own funds to the state dollars for a total of $90,000 that will be distributed in grants to six child care projects throughout northeastern Minnesota.


Essentia Health provides critical funding for infant and early childhood mental health


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Essentia Health has renewed its support to the Northland Foundation's Thrive Initiative with a $25,000 grant. The funding will help increase the capacity of community-based organizations working to advance the healthy social-emotional development of young children and their families.

Thrive helps support an active coalition of nearly 400 mental health, early childhood, education, and social services professionals from diverse organizations and agencies. This team meets regularly to participate in learning opportunities, develop projects and collaborations, drive systems change, and improve access to mental health resources for families with young children in the area.

“Essentia Health is a valuable ally in continuing the excellent work of the Thrive coalition,” stated Lynn Haglin, Northland Foundation Vice President/KIDS PLUS Director, “to better understand and meet the social-emotional needs of our youngest, most vulnerable community members.”


Butler Family Foundation continues key support for domestic violence and sex trafficking prevention and intervention


butler family foundation logoThe Patrick & Aimee Butler Family Foundation is providing $100,000 over two years, which will be used to make grants to nonprofits that provide prevention and intervention services related to domestic violence and sex trafficking in northeastern Minnesota. The Northland Foundation is matching with $100,000 of its own, for a total of $200,000 of dedicated funding.

“Butler Family Foundation resources will go a long way to sustain and expand the services and supports for victims of trafficking and people experiencing family violence in our rural region,” stated Erik Torch, Director of Grantmaking at the Northland Foundation.

Organizations interested in this grant opportunity should contact Erik Torch for more information.